to Do the Devil's Work
Seeing then that all
these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to
be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting
unto the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3:11, 12.
It is essential that all shall know what atmosphere surrounds their
own souls, whether they are in co-partnership with the enemy of righteousness,
and unconsciously doing his work, or whether they are yoked up with
Christ, doing His work. . . .
Satan would be pleased
to have anyone and everyone become his allies in the work of weakening
the confidence of brother in brother, and sowing discord among those
who profess to believe the truth. Satan can accomplish his purpose
most successfully through professed friends of Christ who are not
walking and working in Christ's lines. . . .
This is the day of the
Lord's preparation. We have no time now to talk unbelief or . . .
to do the devil's work. Let everyone beware of unsettling the faith
of others by sowing seeds of envy, jealousy, disunion; for God hears
the words, and He judges, not by assertions which are yea and nay,
but by the fruit of one's course of action. . . .
As yet the four winds are
held until the servants of God shall be sealed in their foreheads.
Then the powers of earth will marshal their forces for the last great
battle. How carefully we should improve the little remaining period
of our probation! How earnestly we should examine ourselves! . . .
It is discipline of spirit,
cleanness of heart and thought that is needed. This is of more value
than brilliant talent, tact, or knowledge. An ordinary mind, trained
to obey a "Thus saith the Lord," is better qualified for
God's work than are those who have capabilities, but do not employ
them rightly.... Men may take pride of their knowledge of worldly
things; but if they have not a knowledge of the true God, of Christ,
the Way, the Truth, and the Life, they are deplorably ignorant, and
their knowledge will perish with them. Secular knowledge is power;
but the knowledge of the Word, which has a transforming influence
upon the human mind, is imperishable.
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